In the jungle
Homestays don’t get much more remote and isolated than Ba Danh Homestay, so if you’re looking to drop off the map in what feels like a remote area, then this is well worth a look.
The set–up is a good deal simpler than at Ben Tre Farm Stay, with all the rooms in a large wooden longhouse building, with the shared bathrooms and showers set at the far end of the building. Lodgings are plain but comfortable and we had a decent night of sleep here. We were the only guest, so it was especially peaceful and quiet in the evening, but it can get busy here. We should note the bathrooms (cold water shower only) were not spotless.
The highlight is a large canal–side restaurant, where you can set up right by the canal and watch it all slide by. The restaurant itself is little more than an open sided shed (it gets very hot in the afternoon when the sun belts in) and certainly the owners would not need to make too many changes to make it considerably more homely.
Should the restaurant area not be to your liking, there are also plenty of hammocks strung around the accommodation area. There is free WiFi throughout.
The food here is good and well priced, and one of the reasons they have a large restaurant area is because small organised groups sometime stop by for lunch. Once you have something to eat, you’ll see why. The friendly family who run the homestay can also rent you bicycles and scooters and organise affordable boat trips in a sampan. It is quite difficult to find—call them before for a pick–up if you don’t have your own wheels.
Address: 11D, Group 3, Nhon Thanh, Ben Tre
T: (0989) 217 902;
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º23'37.47" E, 10º13'14.4" N
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Room rates: US$10 to 20
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan share bathroom||US$14||US$14|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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